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Midday Music Playlist for 09/05/2012

Today would've been the hundredth birthday of American composer John Cage. Since his most famous piece, 4'33" (four and a half minutes of a pianist not playing anything) doesn't translate so well to radio, we'll mark the date with six minutes of rhythmic sound effects from two prepared (altered) pianos, also by Cage.

And with the concert season picking up and Shostakovich on the Savannah Philharmonic's program this Saturday, we'll hear a performance of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting the London Symphony live.

Shostakovich, D. Festive Overture Cincinnati Pops, Kunzel Telarc 80595
Shostakovich, D. Symphony No. 5 in D minor London Sym, Rostropovich LSO 0058
Telemann, G.P. Trumpet Concerto No. 1 in D major Maurice Andre, Berlin Phil, Karajan EMI 66961
Cage, J. Three Dances for two prepared pianos: Dance No. 1 Michael Tilson Thomas, Ralph Grierson EMI 50999 9 67132
Chausson, E. Poeme for violin and orchestra, Op. 25 Isabelle Faust, German Sym Orch Berlin, Letonja Harmonia Mundi 901925
Brahms, J. Clarinet Sonata in E-flat, Op. 120/2 Jon Manasse, Jon Nakamatsu Harmonia Mundi 907430
Avison, C. Concerto Grosso No. 2 in G major after Domenico Scarlatti Brandenburg Consort, Goodman Hyperion 66891
Tchaikovsky, P.I. The Voyevoda, symphonic ballad Russian National Orch, Pletnev DG 477 053
Bach, J.S. English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV 807 Murray Perahia Sony 60277